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5 Delicious (Plant-Based) Superbowl Recipes



Sweet and Spicy Smashed Chickpea Quesadilla

This quesadilla is bursting with sweetness from the onions and savory from the spiced chickpeas. It was inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks, Power Plates (highly recommend). It's easy to make and perfect as a snack or as a fun appetizer for your party guests.



Quick and Easy Spicy Vegan Chili

This vegan chili will WOW your guests and may even convert non-vegans into vegans. I made this for a holiday party and our guests loved it. What's more, it's incredibly simple to make. You can leave it in a large bowl and serve as a dip with whole grain chips by its side or scoop a spoonful onto chips for an quick bite-size little snack (pictured above).



Chickpea Salad

Not only is this plant-based protein powered dish bursting with flavor but it only takes minutes to prepare! It's also very versatile. You can add the chickpea salad to a green salad, make it as a sandwich and add sprouts, wrap it in tortilla or mix it into some healthy whole grains like brown rice or wheat berries to make a complete meal.



Better Than Your Frozen Black Bean Burgers

This unbelievably delicious and simple black bean burger recipe was inspired by Minimalist Baker a few years ago. They're so easy, tasty and nutritious that you'll most likely never buy a frozen veggie patty again. Double the recipe below so you have plenty for your party guests and lunch for yourself later in the week.




Lentil Sloppy Joes

Bonus new recipe that I haven't posted yet, but I've made this a few times for social gatherings and it's always scarfed down quickly by guests! I like to buy mini buns for parties to make bite-size lentil sloppy joe sandwiches. You can add chopped onion, radish, lettuce or other garnishes to it or keep it simple with just the bun and lentils. Either way, it's delicious!

Below is the recipe, inspired by Minimalist Baker.

Lentils
  • 2 cups water (or half water and half vegetable broth)

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils, well rinsed

Sloppy Joes
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced (plus more for serving)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp)

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)

  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce (tomato puree with salt and seasoning works well!)

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1-2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder

  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin

  • 1 pinch smoked paprika (optional)


For Serving

Whole-grain buns

Chopped onion, red cabbage, radish, cilantro


How to make

  1. To a small saucepan, add water and/or vegetable broth and rinsed lentils and heat over medium-high heat.

  2. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.

  3. In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and stir to combine.

  4. Sautè for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the peppers and onions are tender.

  5. Next add tomato sauce, maple syrup, vegan worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and paprika.

  6. Stir to combine.

  7. Add the cooked lentils to the skillet as well, and stir to combine. Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until thick, stirring occasionally — about 5-10 minutes.

  8. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt for saltiness, maple for sweetness, or worcestershire sauce for depth of flavor.

  9. Serve the mixture on toasted buns with onion, cabbage, radish and/or cilantro.


By the way, the sloppy joe's are also delicious without the bun!



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